Significado de “call” - en el Diccionario Inglés


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call verb (NAME)

B1 [ T + obj + noun ] to give someone or something a name, or to know or address someone by a particular name:

They've called the twins Edward and Thomas.
What's that actor called that we saw in the film last night?
His real name is Jonathan, but they've always called him Johnny.
What's her new novel called?
I wish he wouldn't keep calling me "dear" - it's so patronizing!
call sb names

C2 If a person, especially a child, calls someone names, he or she addresses that person with a name that is intended to be offensive:

Tom's worried that if he wears glasses at school the other children will call him names.

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call verb (PHONE)

A2 [ I or T ] to use a phone to talk to someone:

He called (you) last night when you were out.
She called (me) this morning at the office and we had a brief chat.
I've been calling all morning but I can't get through.
Do you think we should call the police?
call collect US US also and UK reverse (the) charges

to make a phone call that is paid for by the person who receives it

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call verb (CONSIDER)

[ T + obj + noun ] to consider someone or something to be:

He knows a lot of people, but only one or two that he'd call close friends.
One sandwich and a lettuce leaf - I don't call that a meal!
I'm not calling you a liar - I'm just suggesting that you misunderstood the facts of the situation.
call sth your own

to consider something as belonging to you:

I don't aspire to anything very grand - I just want a place I can call my own.

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call verb (SHOUT/CRY)

B1 [ I or T ] to say something in a loud voice, especially in order to attract someone's attention, or (of animals) to make a loud, high sound, especially to another animal:

Someone in the crowd called (out) his name.
Did you call?
[ + speech ] "Hey, you! Come over here!" she called.
The blackbird called to its mate.
call for order also call sth to order

to ask people in a meeting to stop talking so that the meeting can continue:

She called for order/called the meeting to order.

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call verb (ASK TO COME)

C1 [ I or T ] to ask someone to come to you:

She called me over to where she was sitting.
I keep the bedroom door open in case the children call (for) me in the night.
I was called to an emergency meeting this morning.
At school she was always being called into the headteacher's office.

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call verb (VISIT)

[ I ] to visit someone, especially for a short time:

The electrician must have called (round) this morning when we were out - there's a note on the door mat.


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call noun (PHONE)

A2 [ C ] the act of using the phone:

I got a call from an old college friend last night.
If there are any calls for me, could you write them down next to the phone?
I've just got a couple of calls to make.
That decorator you called about painting the house - did he ever return your call?
The radio station received a lot of calls complaining about the show's bad language.
Before six o'clock, calls are charged at peak rate.

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call noun (ANIMAL)

B1 [ C ] the sound an animal makes or the sound of someone shouting something:

The whale has a very distinctive call.
She could hear calls for help from inside the burning building.
I'll be in the next room, so give me a call if you need any help.

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call noun (DEMAND)

[ U ] the fact of people wanting or needing a particular thing:

There's not much call for fur coats these days.
formal I certainly don't think there's any call for that sort of language, young lady!

C1 [ C ] a demand for something to happen:

Management have so far ignored the union's calls for stricter safety regulations.

(Definición de call del Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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call verb (NAME)

[ T ] to give someone or something a name, or to know or address someone by a particular name:

They can’t decide whether to call their new baby Carol or Alice.
His name is Anthony, but everyone calls him Tony.
call someone names

To call someone names is to use rude or insulting words to describe someone:

Politicians waste a lot of time calling each other names and criticizing each other.

call verb (TELEPHONE)

[ I/T ] to telephone someone:

[ I ] I called last night and left a message.
[ T ] Jenny called me and invited us over for the weekend.
call someone collect

If you call someone collect, you telephone someone who agrees to pay for the cost of talking to you

call verb (SAY)

[ I/T ] to say something in a loud voice, esp. in order to get someone’s attention:

[ T ] “Answer ‘Here!’ when I call your name,” the teacher said.
call the roll

If you call the roll you read aloud the names of all the people on a list to make certain that each person is present:

The teacher calls the roll at the beginning of each day.

call verb (ASK TO COME)

[ I/T ] to ask someone to come to you:

[ I ] I ran to Jonathan as soon as I heard him call.
[ T ] You’d better call an ambulance.
[ M ] Susan, would you call in the next patient, please?

call verb (CONSIDER)

[ T ] to consider someone or something to be something:

I wouldn’t call him a friend – he’s just someone I met.
The umpire called him safe on a close play.

call verb (ASK FOR)

[ T ] to ask for or demand something, or to decide officially to have a particular event:


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[ C ] a visit that someone makes, esp. as part of a job:

The locksmith is out on a call right now.
on call

People who work in medicine and other important activities are said to be on call when they are available to make visits or to speak to someone on the telephone at any time:

Dr. Menendez is on call for the next 24 hours.

call noun (DECISION)

[ C ] a decision:

I really don’t know what to do – it’s your call.

call noun (CAUSE)

[ C/U ] a reason or cause:

[ U ] There’s no call for you to get so angry – I was just kidding.

call noun (SOUNDS)

[ C ] a loud sound made by a person or animal:

Where we camp, near the river, you can hear the call of the wolf almost every night.

[ C ] the characteristic cry of a bird:

Students tried to imitate the calls of their favorite birds.

(Definición de call del Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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[ I or T ] COMMUNICATIONS to phone someone:

I'll tell Mr Baker you called. Would you like me to pass on any message?
Please call us as soon as possible so that we can resolve this issue.
call collect also reverse (the) charges US

COMMUNICATIONS to make a phone call that is paid for by the person who receives it:

To call collect from overseas, you need to reach an international operator.

[ T ] to ask or demand that a particular action should be taken or that a particular event should happen:

call an election/meeting/strike An emergency meeting of the board was called for the next day.
call for order also call sb/sth to order

MEETINGS, LAW to ask people in a meeting or law court to be quiet so that the meeting or legal action can continue:

The senator called the Judiciary Committee meeting to order.
A deputy called for order in the courtroom.

[ T ] also call sth in FINANCE to say officially that borrowed money must be paid back:

call (in) a debt/loan The contract gives the lender the right to call a loan if the borrower sells the property.
call (in) a bond

FINANCE to pay back money to a person or organization holding a bond before the date when the bond matures (= when it would normally be paid back):

When interest rates plunge, a company may decide to call a bond.

[ T ] to ask someone to come to a place:

call sb in/into/over He was called into a manager's office and told that, after 26 years of service, he was no longer needed.
She called me over and asked if I was interested in applying for the job.

[ I ] to visit a person or place for a short time:

A salesman called at my home.

[ T ] informal to say that a particular event or action will happen in the future:

He claims to have called the downturn in the economy nearly four years ago.

[ T ] LAW to make someone say what they know about a situation, in a court of law or to a government official or group:

The committee can call witnesses and compel them to answer questions.


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[ C ] COMMUNICATIONS an act of communicating with someone by phone:

a phone/telephone call I'm expecting a phone call from him this morning.
a local/international/long-distance call The company is dropping international call charges to over 20 countries.
make/place a call We're not allowed to make private calls at work.
get/receive/take a call Thank you for taking my call.
return sb's call He was busy when I contacted him and he didn't return my calls.

[ C ] a short visit, especially one for a particular or official purpose:

pay a call on sb While I was in the area, I took the opportunity of paying a call on one of my clients.
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[ C ] a demand for something to happen:

a call for sth Yesterday there were renewed calls for a change in the law.

[ C or U ] a situation in which people or businesses want or need a particular thing:

a call for/on sth Energy efficiency and conservation could lead to a reduced call for exports.
no call for sth There is no call for such luxuries in the present economic climate.
He was finding that there were a numbers of calls on his time in his new role.

[ C ] STOCK MARKET a demand made by a company to shareholders for payment of money they owe for shares for which they have paid only part of the price:

Shareholders received notice of a call of 40 cents per share on all partly paid-up shares.

FINANCE a demand for money that is owed to be paid back:

Your loan may contain a call provision if you fall behind on your payments.

[ C ] FINANCE call option

at/on call

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe a loan that must be paid back immediately upon the request of the financial organization lending the money:

Many banks have money market loans at call with discount houses.

BANKING used to describe a bank account from which you can take money out when you ask for it:

All our accounts are at-call accounts that require no minimum deposit or balance.
on call

HR available to work when needed:

He is on call round-the-clock two weeks each month.

(Definición de call del Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)